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The Road to Stockholm
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A few days before he left to receive his Prize in Sweden, Pauling was given a party by Caltech. More than 350 people attended, eating a catered dinner, hearing congratulatory speeches, and watching "The Road to Stockholm," a hilarious series of songs and sketches put together by Pauling’s students and fellow faculty members. It was a joyous evening, full of warmth and laughter and generous high spirits.

The Nobel ceremony, which Pauling remembered as "one of the most impressive . . . held in the modern world," was held in the ornate Stockholm Concert Hall, where Pauling received his gold Nobel medal from Sweden’s King Gustavus VI.

That evening, Pauling was asked to give an address to a crowd of hundreds of cheering Swedish university students who had arrived in a torchlight parade to honor the new Nobelists. His words were reprinted in all the newspapers in the nation: "Perhaps as one of the older generation, I should preach a little sermon to you, but I do not propose to do so. I shall, instead, give you a word of advice about how to behave toward your elders," he said, his voice ringing clearly across the crowded square. "When an old and distinguished person speaks to you. Listen to him carefully and with respect — but do not believe him. Never put your trust in anything but your own intellect. Your elder, no matter whether he has gray hair or has lost his hair, no matter whether he is a Nobel Laureate, may be wrong. . . . So you must always be skeptical — always think for yourself." The students cheered wildly.

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See Also: "Faculty produces a lively musical comedy to celebrate Dr. Pauling’s Nobel laureate." December 9, 1954. 
See Also: "Modern Structural Chemistry." December 11, 1954. 
See Also: "Linus Pauling, Crusading Scientist." 1977.  Clip: Celebrating the Nobel Chemistry Prize. (2:48)

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Linus Pauling and King Gustav VI, Nobel Prize ceremonies, Stockholm, Sweden. 1954.


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"Talk to Students". December 10, 1954.

"Dr. Linus Pauling is the man for me / He makes violent changes in my chemistry / Oh, fie, when he rolls his eyes / All my atoms ionize."

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